My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
~ Hank Aaron
It’s playoff season once again! It’s time for the fall classic, and it’s time for another World Series rollout within Educator. We’re ready for the long haul, and we’re getting you and your students ready for the change as well.
We showed off the new Educator uniform a couple of weeks ago to an appreciative crowd at the Momentum Conference. In just a couple of weeks those changes will be released “into the wild” for all users. The development team has been working on this for some time now. They recognize it as one of the most massive Educator changes ever. So what’s it all about? Why did we bother?
Every building needs a good foundation, right? This enabled the rebuilding of an even better Educator foundation upon which continued development could take place. Building a more personalized and prescriptive platform simply required a different foundation. What you (and your students) will find most obvious is the navigation.
PLEASE NOTE: The changes we will be referencing this week and next will only be visible to about 95% of current Educator users. The other five percent are still using Internet Explorer 8.0. Those IE8 users will see this notice once per day:
These users will still be able to access all Educator areas as they do now. They just will not gain the benefit of certain enhancements and improvements.
For example … this is a screenshot for a user who will be using IE8:
It looks very similar to what they see no, doesn’t it? They can still navigate through all sections of Educator and perform all their work. If those users would update their Internet Explorer or switch to Chrome or Firefox, they would reap the benefits of the new look and feel presented to the vast majority of Educator users:
This is a new responsive design. It is designed to shrink and play nicely on tablets and phones. All navigation is directed from the black toolbar on top of the screen. There are FLVS departments and about 20 volunteer teachers who are now running this design through their courses and devices. I am sure we will hear from them soon enough. Meanwhile …
When any of your students or parents ask about the IE8 warning above, please encourage them to begin using a more modern browser. They do not have to do this, but they will definitely appreciate the user experience within Educator a lot more. When will this change occur? We are shooting for Halloween. It might have to move a week later, depending on what the QA team and others uncover. We will see and keep you posted here. We know there will be issues; we are ready for the possible oversights. We will just make it work. And we’ll just keep swinging.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
~ Thomas Paine